Integrative Physical Medicine
Dr. Cara offers several Physical Medicine modalities, from basic Massage Therapy to more advanced Structural Integration, Therapeutic Exercises, Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, and Postural and Movement Re-education.
Integrative Physical Medicine
Naturopathic medicine acknowledges the foundational importance of a functional and strong physical body. Part of naturopathic training includes many credit hours studying manual therapies like joint and muscle manipulation, exercise science, and assessment for musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.
Prior to medical school, Dr. Cara was a massage therapist and also studied a form of bodywork called Hellerwork Structural Integration. This is a system that seeks to optimize posture and alignment, and functional mobility. Hellerwork also includes movement education to create structural integrity in the body. Hellerwork explores the connection of how the body reflects the mind, and frees set patterns of movement, enhancing your ability to adapt to life’s changes. Hellerwork is a sister method of bodywork to Rolfing Structural Integration. She has been practicing Hellerwork informed bodywork since 2003, and this is a foundation for her physical medicine approach with patients.
Dr. Cara’s goals are to bring the body into a better functioning state. Depending on the stage of inflammation and structural imbalances, a variety of techniques are used to stretch, relax, and strengthen muscles, break up adhesions, and decrease pain. Before and after each session, postural and range of motion assessments are done to rate progress and determine a treatment plan.
12-Session Structural Integration Series:
Traditionally, Structural Integration is practiced as a series of sessions, each one building off of the other, to address alignment and body awareness. While not indicated for all pain, the “series” is often a realistic time frame to consider in addressing chronic physical complaints. This allows for time to address not just the primary “problem” area, but to consider the whole body’s influence on that problem. Dr. Cara often tries to see patients initially every week for 3-4 weeks, then every other week, with a goal to complete the 12 session series in 6-9 months.
*There is a 15% package discount for sessions purchased in packages of 4.
Physical Medicine Offerings
Structural Integration Individual Sessions:
- 75 minutes – combining Myofasical Release Techniques that promote optimal alignment and joint mobility, Movement re-education, therapeutic exercises, and exploration of mind-body connections. $175 per session.
Structural Integration Packages as part of a 12-Series: Purchase a package of 4 sessions – 15% discount.
- 55 minutes – $90
- 85 minutes – $130
*this does not include extensive evaluation, assessment or naturopathic consultation.
Sports and Rehabilitative Massage/Physical Medicine – 60 minutes: $140
Therapeutic Exercises and Neuromuscular Re-education – 60 minutes: $140
In addition to physical modalities like manual therapy, massage, and myofascial Release, Dr. Cara also often integrates Kinesiotaping, hydrotherapy, topical ointments or aromatherapy applications, and injection therapies as indicated to have the most beneficial impact on healing.
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